On today’s show with Brad and Charlie: new music from Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Villarosa and the Nazarenes (reggae from Ethiopia) along with unearthed gems from The Funkees, Rob, Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou and much more, along with a set of rare Tanzanian sounds courtesy of Lawyer Bill.
This week’s African Rhythms is an exploration of Afrobeat: its birth and development over 40 years ago and countless modern incarnations, from the earliest music of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen to today’s artists like Antibalas and Ocote Soul Sounds who draw upon the rhythms of Afrobeat as inspiration for their music. Melanie Marshall from the cast of Fela! The Musical (coming to the Ordway in June) joins us during the first half hour.
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